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3 International Women’s Day (IWD) Facts You Need to Know

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 of each year to honour and celebrate the achievements of women. To bring attention to gender inequality and discrimination, and to encourage support for women worldwide. 

On this day, we honour the accomplishments of women regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political boundaries. Since the early years, International Women’s Day has expanded to include women worldwide, both in developed and developing nations.

How much do you know about IWD? Here are three facts you need to note:

How long has International Women’s Day been celebrated?

The first National Woman’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909, by the Socialist Party of America as a tribute to the 15,000 women who demonstrated in New York against unfair labour laws and low pay. 

The concept of an International Women’s Day was first put forth in 1910 by women’s rights activist and Social Democratic Party leader Clara Zetkin, who led Germany’s Women’s Office. 

Additionally, over a million people participated in the inaugural International Women’s Day celebration on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. 

The United Nations started commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD) in 1975. Since then, the UN has sponsored the annual event significantly. Also, inspiring more nations to honour the bravery and tenacity of common women who have made outstanding contributions to their nations’ and communities’ histories.

IWD Colours 

IWD colours are purple, green, and white. The IWD website states that purple represents justice and dignity, while green represents hope, and white represents purity. The colours originated from the UK’s Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1908. 

IWD 2024 Theme 

Every International Women’s Day since 1996 has a designated theme. IWD’s theme for the previous year was #EmbraceEquity. The #EmbraceEquity campaign theme for IWD 2023 aimed to start a global conversation about why equal opportunities are insufficient. Since everyone comes from a different background, equitable action is necessary for true inclusion and belonging.

This year, the IWD theme is #InspireInclusion. Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. One that’s diverse, equitable, and also inclusive. Above all, a world that values and celebrates difference. Together, we can forge women’s equality. Collectively, we can all #InspireInclusion.

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There you have it! Now, you know three facts about what IWD stands for. Happy International Day to all the women out there.

Also Read 5 Ways to Become a High Value Man Or Woman

#InspireInclusion #KeepBreakingBoundaries 

 

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